For more than 35 years, Maria's Mexican Pueblo has served up fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine made from fresh ingredients. Unlike Thanksgiving at a scientist’s house, they never use any chemicals when they craft specialties such as sizzling chicken, steak, or shrimp fajitas, or the hungry hombre plate, which mixes one burrito with one beef taco, one guacamole taco, and sides of refried beans and rice. They also serve up specials such as stacked nachos piled high with chicken, refried beans, and whole tomato slices.
Curra's Nuevo Cuisine's kaleidoscopic, meticulous plating complements the warm, multihued eating area as diners sample inventive twists on Mexican culinary classics. The appetizers, including chilaca rellena, an anaheim pepper stuffed with goat cheese and onion-and-pomegranate relish ($9), queso flameado, a sea of cheese speckled with an archipelago of onion and chorizo ($7), and a daily selection of ceviche, touch down like flavorful flying saucers on the tongue, demanding attention and the surrender of world leaders. The pato almendrado, duck confit dressed unorthodoxly in a coat of almond and saffron ($21), may befuddle taco purists, and pineapple traditionalists will fume over the puerco al pastor, a cowboy-cut pork chop with guajillo sauce, onion, and pineapple ($22).
Inside La Parilla, bright sunflower-colored walls stretch from the rustic tiled floor to the lofty ceiling and overlook a spread of hearty Mexican dishes and fruity, top-shelf margaritas. In this light and airy eatery, chefs spin out all the south-of-the-border favorites, from cacophonously sizzling fajitas and fish tacos to seven types of enchiladas teeming with liberally spiced meat and floods of melted cheese. At the full bar, mixologists update the classic margarita with mango and strawberry flavors, imbuing drinks with a tropical essence usually achieved only by puréeing a box of miniature umbrellas.
The chefs at 3 Amigos Mexican Grill forge meaty and vegetarian versions of such classic south-of-the-border dishes as tacos, chimichangas, and burritos. At the full-service bar, a troupe of bartenders shakes up salty margaritas and pours beer and wine to quench thirsts of any caliber. The eatery's textured yellow walls, curved archways, and carved wooden chairs swaddle patrons in Spanish-mission style, and an outdoor patio hosts edible enjoyment beneath clear blue skies and unchained tanks of helium.
A full-tilt explosion of Mexican flavors, Agave Azul Mexican Grill sizzles up more than 30 different lunch and dinner combinations for patrons with a penchant for meat, guacamole, and hot sauce. Nachos fajitas ($8.39) loosen tense taste buds with a mouth massage of beef or grilled chicken, tomato wedges, bell peppers, onions, and tortilla chips. The signature Speedy Gonzales lunch plate ($5.09) animates inanimate forks with a taco, enchilada, and either rice or refried beans. Evening enthusiasts can choose from 20 dinner-specific combos (starting at $8) or nibble on something from the vegetarian or quesadilla menu. Those looking to drink more than dine can belly up to Agave Azul's full bar, where bartenders make use of more than 75 tequilas to craft tasty margaritas and sangria that refresh the palate and fuel desires to tap dance while seated. Outdoor patios give diners a chance to catch fresh air in between a cappella rounds of Linkin Park songs.
Armed with an array of more than 20 fresh ingredients, the cheerful culinary wranglers at Moe's create scrumptious southwestern food for carnivores and vegetarians alike. After perusing the menu, grab tasty tortilla canvases and watch as your edibles are crafted into burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and nachos.